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States and Cities Get Smarter About Smart Growth - Manhattan, Seattle, Plus Oregon, Vermont, Massachusetts Communities Praised for Environmentally Sensitive Development

Release Date: 11/14/2007
Contact Information: Dave Ryan, (202) 564-4355 / ryan.dave@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - Nov. 14, 2007) EPA today recognized one state and four local authorities for innovative community development that protects the environment, preserves community identity and expands economic opportunity.

The winners of the 2007 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement went to the Housing Authority of Portland, Ore.; the Seattle Housing Authority; the state of Vermont; the town of Barnstable, Mass.; and Manhattan.

"President Bush and EPA see smart growth as smart for our environment, smart for our economy and smart for our quality of life," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "And together with our vital community partners – including these 2007 award recipients – we are helping America responsibly build toward that healthier, brighter future."

As communities around the country look for ways to grow that protect and enhance their natural environment and create prosperity, many are turning to smart growth strategies. They are cleaning and reusing previously developed land; providing more housing and transportation choices; preserving critical natural areas; and developing vibrant places to live, work, shop and play. In addition to creating great communities, these smart growth strategies also protect the quality of our air, water and land.

The awards ceremony was held today in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Details on each of the winners: epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards/sg_awards_publication_2007.htm

More information about the National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement: epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm